Meet Our Team of Physical Therapists
Sue Creel was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. She attended physical therapy school at the University of North Dakota. After graduation, she worked in an acute care hospital and a private practice setting before opening her own business. She opened Acucare Physical Therapy, LTD on February 5, 1990, realizing the dream of owning her own private practice came from, and it’s been a calling she enjoys to this day.
In her spare time, Sue stays active with her children. Her son, Mitchell, and his wife, Yuliya, live in Sioux Falls. Mitchell works as an underwriter for CNA surety, and Yuliya works at Acucare Physical Therapy with Sue. Son, Bridger, lives in Vermillion and is in Med School. Sue has two dogs who keep her company while the boys are out doing their own thing. Sue loves to garden, remodel houses, travel, and spend time in the outdoors.
Sue also teaches at Performance Dynamics, where she instructs other physical therapists how to perform the same Astym technique she has found so much success within her own clinic. She is experienced with Trigger Point Dry Needling and has a subspecialty in pelvic health. Sue loves to think outside of the box when it comes to treatment options for her patients and would love to meet with you to address your healthcare needs.
Yuliya Irons was born in Ukraine, Kharkiv. She has been playing tennis since she was 5 years old, and started playing it professionally when she turned 14, then at the age of 18, she received a full-time tennis scholarship to the University of South Dakota as a student-athlete. This prompted her to move to the USA. While studying at USD, Yuliya met her future husband, Mitchell, and graduated with a graphic design degree. She moved to Sioux Falls and worked as a graphic designer before she joined our team.
Yuliya likes to keep herself busy with improving her design skills and building her portfolio. She likes to take trips to Ukraine to see her family. Yuliya has traveled to over 20 countries and loves to explore different cultures. While being in college, Yuliya and Mitchell adopted a cat, Hutch, and later that year they adopted another cat, Kiki. She keeps track of and handles the billing and insurance for Acucare and their patients, and has been involved with marketing as well. She would be more than willing to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Jody Else (in memoriam)
Jody Else was born in Watertown, SD. She and her husband, Jeff, made Sioux Falls their home, though she was taken from us way too soon. Left to cherish her memory is Katie, their dog, that now keeps Jeff on his toes. Jody and Sue originally worked together in an acute care hospital, and Jody joined Sue at Acucare Physical Therapy, LTD., where she was employed for 15 years until she passed away.
Known as the “schedulator”, Jody served as the right hand to our physical therapists in which she greeted and roomed patients, kept our facility clean, tidy, and even made sure the laundry was done! Jody was also one of those people, who, if she did not know the answer she would find it out for you. We miss Jody very much, but could not wish her to be in pain any longer, and we now make it our job to make sure Jeff and her grandsons stay out of trouble.
Jared was born and raised here in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He attended Washington High School and then continued his education at the University of South Dakota where he majored in kinesiology. While at USD he worked with the football team and gained experience in strength and conditioning. After graduation in 2020, he became a certified personal trainer and worked with his clients for a little over a year before joining the Acucare team. He wants to go back to school to further his education in the field of physical therapy.
In his free team he enjoys staying busy with his dog, Dallas, watching sports, and spending time with friends. Whenever he gets the chance Jared loves to travel to the Black Hills to visit his parents. There he gets a chance to spend time on the lake in the summer and snowboard in the winter. He enjoys all things outdoors and spending quality time with his family. At Acucare he helps with scheduling patient’s appointments, cleaning, and whatever fun projects Sue and Yuliya finds for him around the clinic!
Alec Kray was born in Fargo, ND and moved to Sioux Falls when he was 12 years old. He attended Augustana University and received degrees in Chemistry, Spanish, and French. While at Augustana, Alec was a student-athlete in track & field and cross country. He left Augustana having broken the school records in the indoor and outdoor 5000m. Throughout his running career, Alec was a frequent patient of Sue’s. Whether it was a case of tendonitis or rehabilitation from a hip labral tear surgery, his experience at Acucare as a patient was a driving force in him joining the Acucare team in 2022. Alec has hopes of attending PT school in the coming years.
When not at work, he enjoys all things related to endurance sports. His favorite hobbies include riding his road bike around Sioux Falls, relaxing in the Black Hills with family, and spending time with his girlfriend Meg. Alec is usually at the Acucare front desk checking in patients, preparing the clinic for the next ones, or working with Jared on a project that Sue thought up! His favorite thing about Acucare is seeing and conversing with all of the familiar faces day-in and day-out.
Jody & Murphy
Jody and Murphy joined the Acucare Physical Therapy family in January 2021. They initially underwent regular training sessions at Smoking Dakota Kennels in Sioux Falls with Reagan. This helped prepare them to start coming in to the clinic to interact with patients and to prepare them for the Therapy Dog International certification. They are doing great in the clinic. Jody is more reserved and wary, but is working on not barking and warming up to some much quicker than she is. She will greet you at the door and help take you to a room and then stay to try and distract you if there is any pain going on. She watches for rabbits and squirrels while waiting for patients. Murphy, is a boy…enough said. He welcomes everyone and looks for every opportunity to join them up on the treatment table. He only needs to hear up and he goes for it. He keeps a careful watch on the clinic at the door and makes sure no rabbits, squirrels or other creatures think this is a Vet Clinic. He will drop his chew toy to greet a patient because he is so excited to see them. We love the joy and happiness they have brought to the clinic. We secretly think people come to see them and just stay for the therapy!